Rome

Peter Fischli and David Weiss

Galleria Alessandra Bonomo

In this exhibition, the Swiss artist team of Peter Fischli and David Weiss developed the theme of anonymity—a theme that has always been central to their work. An enormous number of photographs, divided into thematic groups, were hung along the gallery walls. For example, there were the images of Rio and Sydney, as well as those of anonymous suburbs; horror images such as skulls and mummies; views of snow-clad mountains; the sublime kitsch of “Holiday-on-Ice” spectacles; the presumed exoticism of holidays in Africa or in the Orient; typical Swiss scenes; and the mythical stones of Stonehenge. These photographs have no particular technique, no added “artistic quality”; it is as if they had been chosen by an average person, drawn to the colors of nature and to the banality of the image. This is precisely where irony sets in—with the triumph of mediocrity, which knows neither country nor

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